Stewardship and management

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

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Site Management at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada

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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site Management Plan 2023

Coming soon... the draft Management Plan for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site will be posted in winter 2023.

Public engagement

Parks Canada will continue to seek public input to create a new Management Plan for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. The Let’s Talk! Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site survey was a nation-wide consultation process and we will be consulting again on the draft plan in Winter 2023. We will once again invite partners, stakeholders and the public to provide input on the draft management plan for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. There is also a formal consultation process underway with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia.

What did Parks Canada consult on?

The last management plan for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site was developed in 2011 (see below). Input gathered during the first phase of public engagement helped shape an overall vision and defined the guiding approach, objectives, and targets that informed the draft management plan. This draft will be available for review in winter 2023.

What is a management plan? 

 
A group of visitors takes a selfie at the Fortress of Louisbourg
 

Management plans are the central documents that guide Parks Canada in the protection, management, and operation of its national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Reviewed every ten years, management plans are required by legislation, guided by public consultation, approved by the Minister responsible for Parks Canada and tabled in Parliament.

Parks Canada has begun the management planning process for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

Management plans are developed through consultation and input from various people and organizations, including Indigenous peoples, local and regional residents, visitors, and the public.

As a strategic and long-term guide, a management plan establishes a vision looking ten or more years into the future. Its primary goal is to ensure that there is a clearly defined direction for the maintenance or restoration of ecological integrity and is intended to guide appropriate use. Direction is also described for visitor experience programs, which are recognized as a fundamental means for achieving both protection and use objectives.

Parks Canada is inviting your comments to help us plan for the future of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Canadians are being asked to share their thoughts as we seek input for the strategic planning of the national historic site over the next 15-20 years.

Our online survey will be available between February 15 and March 17, 2022.

Have your say!

Click here to begin the Let's Talk! Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site management planning survey


Key dates:

  • February 15, 2022: online survey opens
  • March 17, 2022: online survey closes
  • Late fall/early winter 2022: first draft of management plan
  • Spring 2023: Phase II consultations
  • Early summer 2023: final plan revisions and approvals
  • Fall 2023 - tabling and implementation of management plan

Documents:

To view a previous copy of the management plan for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site:

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Management planning cycle

Management plan cycle explained, see text below for further explanation. 

Stages of management planning
  • Management plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • State of site assessment
  • Scoping issues and vision elements
  • Management plan preparation
  • Indigenous and public engagement
  • Management plan approval
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